Attending baby showers has always been fun for me, but throwing one is even better! The party planner in me loves to search for the perfect invitations, decorations, and recipes for the special occasion. Designing the table becomes a competitive challenge against myself where I tend to turn slightly OCD about platter placement, tilt of napkins, and floral arrangements. This shower would be no different, except that it was for my best friend of 16 years…no pressure, right? The truth is that the attendees probably never notice the tiny details that I get concerned about, but to me, that’s the fun of it! When a party comes together and others enjoy themselves, I feel rewarded. Are there any other Type “A” personalities out there that can relate?!
Before this party, I had the pleasure of helping my friend complete her baby registry. She wanted guidance in registering for only the essentials for her little bundle-to-be! I can vouch for wanting to simplify for the second baby; skip the frivolous amenities and head straight to practicality. As we were shopping, she gravitated toward anything with a fox, and instantly, my theme was decided.
I started with an invitation from Paperless Post. If you have never checked out this evite website before, head on over now. They have adorable, modern designs, personalized envelopes and RSVPs, and it is super easy to use. I’ve found that evites are much more effective for responses than snail mail these days, not to mention, far more affordable. People love the reminders and can link the event to the calendar on their smartphones as well as view the venue on google maps. As the hostess, you can see who has responded, who has opened, and who has not yet opened the invitation. In a nutshell, Paperless Post is my jam!
Let’s get to the decor! Nordstrom Rack had a gray and white, Harper Canyon, stroller blanket that I used as a table runner on the favor table, then gave it to the mommy-to-be after the shower. Next, I found the origami fox picture at Hobby Lobby and knew that this would be the focal point of the main table. It snowballed from there, and I was collecting little by little until the week of the party arrived. Six white onesies hung on the wall with navy blue banner stickers that spelled Tayven’s name; it was a simple, modern design that baby can wear for monthly pictures in the future! I framed the invitation for baby’s nursery, used wooden decor from around my home, chalkboard signs, and white platters for a crisp, clean design. Of all the decorations, my favorite was the patterned tablecloth from Target that added a pop of color and solidified the theme. The final touch was a sign that stated, “Happy trails 2 you.” Attendees parted ways with a bag of trail mix to munch on during their journey home.
- Biscuit Bar: Biscuits, Swiss Cheese, Proscuitto, Whole Grain Mustard, Honey, Apple Butter, Raspberry Keylime Preserves, and Fig Butter
- Mini Chicken and Waffle Stacks: Mini waffles topped with chicken nuggets, syrup, and powdered sugar
- Donut Hole Skewers: 3 donut holes with scrapbook paper attached to form an arrow
- Individual Spinach Salads: Spinach, cranberries, almonds, goat cheese, and raspberry balsamic vinaigrette on the side
- Yogurt in Baby Food Jars: Vanilla yogurt with lemon curd mixed in and berries on top
- Curry Chicken Salad in Cucumber Cups: Scoop out the seeds from cucumber with a melon baller and fill
- MOMosa Bar: Champagne, St. Germain, Chambord, Orange Juice, Strawberry Blueberry Juice, FRE alcohol-free champagne, Blueberries, Raspberries
You know a party was successful when champagne popped, love and laughter filled the air, and best of all we celebrated a wonderful mama-to-be! From my heart to yours, I hope that you enjoyed sharing in the fun of my woodland fox baby shower.